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Birth Certificates

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Headquarters
12400 Imperial Hwy. Rm. 1002, Norwalk 90650
Phone (562) 462-2137
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hours: Third Thursday of the month 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Website: http://rrcc.lacounty.gov/RECORDER/BDM_Records.cfm

Provides records for births occurring in Los Angeles County since 1876. Provides same day service at the Norwalk headquarters and all district offices for birth records occurring 1964 to the present.

There are currently two types of birth certificates:  authorized copies and informational only copies.  An authorized copy is required to obtain a driver’s license, passport, Social Security card and other services related to verifying an individual’s identity.  An informational copy usually fulfills the needs of genealogists and others that are only requesting information.  The informational copy has the legend “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity” written across the face of the document.


Individuals permitted by law to receive an authorized certified copy:

- The registrant or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant.

- A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code.

- A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.

- A child, grandparent, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of the registrant.

- An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant estate.

Individuals who do not fit into any of the above categories can only obtain an informational copy.

Certified copies of original documents (authorized or informational) for birth records prior to 1964 that are requested in person or by mail are processed and sent within 10-15 working days.  Those requesting a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate will be asked to present a valid identification when making in-person requests.  Mail requests require a notarized statement of an authorized individual.  Mail requests for copies are processed in 10-15 working days.

Branch offices issue copies for death and marriage from 1995 - present and birth from 1964 - present.  Branch offices accept requests for certified copies for birth, death and marriage records, which must be processed at the Norwalk headquarters and then mailed within 10-15 working days.  For a list of the branch offices, see “Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Branch Offices.”

To request a copy of a birth certificate by mail, please include the following information:  Full name at birth, date of birth (if known), or the range of years to be checked, city of birth (must be in Los Angeles County), father’s full name, mother’s full name, including maiden name, and your relationship to the registrant.  All requests must have a penalty of perjury statement as well as a notarized certificate of identity.  A check or money order in the amount of $21 made out to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk must be included along with name and address of person requesting copy.  Send request to: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Birth Records, P.O. Box 489, Norwalk, CA 90651-0489.  You may download a copy of the application at our website http://lavote.net.

For expedited requests, you may:

Order via the Internet at http://lavote.net using a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover). The fee is $21 for the certificate. Expedited orders will be processed within five working days of receipt of the certificate of identity and penalty of perjury statement. Credit card orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express Mail delivery is requested, which costs an additional $18.50.  A $6 special handling fee will be charged on all credit card orders in addition to the copy fee.

Information on births occurring prior to 45 days, contact County Department of Public Health, 313 N. Figueroa, Room L-1, Los Angeles 90012, (213) 240-7812.

Adoptions:

Copies of a birth record of a child who has been adopted or had a legal name change are only available through the state. Written requests should be sent to the California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records – M.S. 5103, P.O. Box 997410, Sacramento, CA 95899-7410. The telephone number is (916) 445-2684.  There is a $16 charge for each copy requested, payable by check or money order to the Office of Vital Records.

You may obtain information on how to amend a birth record by calling (562) 462-2137.  A completed form must be mailed to the California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records in Sacramento, along with required fees.

Board of Supervisors

Rm. 383, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Website: bos.lacounty.gov

Acts as the governing body of the County of Los Angeles. As such, it has the function of serving as the executive and legislative head of County government, enacting ordinances, setting salaries and establishing specific regulations for the administration of County departments and special districts.

The five Board members are elected by voters from their district for four-year terms.

The regular meetings of the Board are held on the first, second, third and fifth Tuesdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Board’s Hearing Room (381B Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles).  Each regular meeting of the Board held on the fourth Tuesday of each month shall be primarily for the purpose of conducting legally required public hearings on zoning matters, fee increases, special district proceedings, property transactions, etc.  On Tuesdays following a Monday holiday, meetings begin at 1 p.m.

The Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors prepares the Board’s agendas, communicates the actions taken by the Board, prepares the minutes of the meetings, maintains the Board’s records, and provides the Board with administrative and information technology support.

Internet users may access the Board of Supervisors' agendas and accompanying Board letters for the current week's Board meeting beginning each Thursday morning preceding the meeting at the following: http://bos.lacounty.gov/BoardMeeting/BoardAgendas.aspx.

Persons accessing this site may also subscribe to receive a weekly e-mail notification with a link to the Agenda when it is posted.  The statements of proceedings, which indicate the final actions taken by the Board, are available five business days after the meeting at http://portal.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/sop

Persons accessing this site may also subscribe to receive a weekly e-mail notification with a link to the statement of proceedings when it is posted.  The Board meeting transcripts are available for access each Wednesday evening at file.lacounty.gov/bos/transcripts. Each Board meeting may be viewed live on the website at http://bos.lacounty.gov/BoardMeeting/LiveBroadcast.aspx


Helpful Phone Numbers

General Information (213) 974-1411                        
Listen to Board Meeting Live (877) 873-8017
For English, enter code 111111#  
For Spanish, enter code 222222#  
Recorded message of actions of the Board (213) 974-7207
For copies of Board-related information:
Agenda
http://bos.co.la.ca.us/Categories/
Agenda/AgendaHome.asp
(213) 974-1442
Statement of Proceedings
http://portal.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/sop/
(213) 974-1444
Rules of the Board
http://bos.lacounty.gov/Categories/
ExecOffice/RulesOfBoard.htm
(213) 974-1424
Transcripts (213) 974-1424
DVDs of meetings (213) 974-1424


Lobbyist Registration

Any person who for compensation seeks to influence a County official or any official action of the County of Los Angeles may be subject to the provisions of Los Angeles County Code, Chapter 2.160, relating to lobbyist registrations.  Violation of the lobbyist ordinance may result in a fine and other penalties. For information call (213) 974-1093 or access website at bos.lacounty.gov/Categories/LobbyistInfo.htm


Supervisors:

Hilda L. Solis, First District
Rm. 856, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-4111
E-mail: firstdistrict@bos.lacounty.gov
Website: hildalsolis.org


Mark Ridley-Thomas, Second District
Rm. 866, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-2222
E-mail: markridley-thomas@bos.lacounty.gov
Website: Ridley-Thomas.lacounty.gov

Sheila Kuehl, Third District
Rm. 821, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-3333
E-mail: sheila@bos.lacounty.gov

Don Knabe, Fourth District
Rm. 822, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-4444
E-mail: don@bos.lacounty.gov
Website: knabe.com

Michael D. Antonovich, Fifth District
Rm. 869, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-5555
E-mail: FifthDistrict@lacbos.org
Website: antonovich.com

Executive Officer of the Board of Supervisors
Rm. 383, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-1411
E-mail: info@bos.lacounty.gov
Website: http://bos.lacounty.gov/AboutUs/ExecutiveOfficeoftheBoard.aspx

 

Boarding Homes

(See Environmental Health)

Body Art and Tattoos

(See Environmental Health)

Bonds

Improvement Bonds:
Payment -
Treasurer and Tax Collector
Rm. 462, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-2006 

Redemption of Registered Bonds:
Treasurer and Tax Collector
Rm. 462, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-7371

Redemption of Bearer Bonds:
Bank of New York
Corporate Trust Bondholders Relations
Phone (800) 438-5473

Boundary Changes, Cities and Districts

(See Local Agency Formation Commission)

Building, Permits or Improvements

Public  Works, Department of
900 S. Fremont Ave., Alhambra 91803-1331
Phone  (626) 458-3173
Website:  dpw.lacounty.gov/bsd

Processes building permits to grade, construct, remodel, demolish, or relocate structures on private property.  Applications may be filed at the Building and Safety district office that services the geographical area of the construction project.  No permits are issued at the Alhambra facility.

Information on construction projects may be obtained from a district office, including construction procedures, code requirements, permit requirements, and building permit fees.

Inspection of key project milestones is performed by field inspectors located at the district offices.  Request for inspectors should be made 24 to 48 hours in advance.  Building and Safety maintains a staff of inspectors, structural engineers, grading engineers, and specialty electrical and mechanical engineers available to assist with any questions related to projects.

For  general building and safety information, visit:
http://dpw.lacounty.gov/bsd/

Specific  questions on permit procedures or building code issues should be directed to  the district office serving the proposed project.  

To verify which office covers your area,  visit Public Service Locator at: http://dpwgis.co.la.ca.us/website/ServiceLocator/.

Building Permits

Antelope Valley - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
335A  E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster  93535
Phone  (661) 524-2390
Fax:  (661) 524-2399

Calabasas/Malibu - (Mon.  – Thurs. 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
26600 Agoura Rd., Ste. 110, Calabasas 91302-1954
Phone  (818) 880-4150
Fax:  (818) 880-6279

Carson - (Mon. – Thurs. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
701 E. Carson St., Carson 90745
Phone  (310) 952-1766
Fax:  (310) 549-0652
(closed  Friday)

East Los Angeles - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
4801 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90022-1601
Phone  (323) 881-7030
Fax:  (323) 264-7917

La Puente - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
16005 E. Central Ave., La Puente 91744
Phone  (626) 961-9611
Fax:  (626) 961-8166

Lomita/Lennox - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
24320 S. Narbonne Ave., Lomita 90717
Phone  (310) 534-3760
Fax:  (310) 530-5482

San Gabriel Valley - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
125 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007
Phone  (626) 574-0941
Fax:  (626) 446-4425

Santa Clarita - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
23757 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355
Phone  (661) 222-2940
Fax:  (661) 222-2947

Southwest - (Mon. – Thur. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
1320 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles 90044
Phone  (323) 820-6500
Fax:  (323) 756-0780

South Whittier(Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
13523 Telegraph Rd., Whittier 90605
Phone  (562) 946-1390
Fax:  (562) 906-8425

Universal - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
(Unincorporated  area only)
100  Universal City Plaza, MT85, (Trailer # 7135)
Universal City 91608
Phone  (818) 762-6284
Fax:  (818) 623-9829

Burial

BURIAL

Indigent Burial Permits
Burial  Unit
LAC+USC Medical Center
1200 N. State St., Los Angeles 90033
Phone  (323) 409-7161

Veterans:
Military  and Veterans Affairs
2615 S. Grand Ave., Ste. 100, Los Angeles 90007
Phone  (213) 744-4831

Burial Permits/Burial at Sea

All burials, cremations and scattering at sea must be filed with the Department of Public Health’s Vital Records Office located at:

313 N. Figueroa St., Rm. L1, Los Angeles 90012.
For more information, please call (213) 240-7816.

Bus Benches

(See Permits)

Bus Passes

(MTA and Foothill)

Treasurer and Tax Collector
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
225 N. Hill St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-2068
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
Cashier windows first floor lobby.


Bus Stop Amenities

Public Works, Department of
900 S. Fremont Ave., Alhambra 91803-1331
Phone (626) 458-3968
Website: LAGOBUS.INFO

Provides and maintains bus stops in unincorporated areas throughout the County, including benches, trash receptacles, shelters, and information kiosks.  For information regarding the bus stop benches with advertising, please see the Permits Section, Road Uses.

Business Filings and Registrations

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
12400 Imperial Hwy., Rm. 2001, Norwalk 90650
Phone (562) 462-2177
Website: www.lavote.net

The filing of a fictitious business name statement is designed to make available to the public the identities of persons doing business under the fictitious name.  Every person who regularly transacts business in this state for profit under a fictitious business name must do all of the following:

  • File a fictitious business name statement no later than 40 days from the time the registrant commences to transact business.
  • File a new (amended) statement after any change in the facts from the original filing.
  •  Re-file a fictitious business name statement five years from the previous filing if continuing to do business under the business name(s).

The fee is $26 for the first fictitious business name and one registered owner and $5 for each additional fictitious business name or original registrant filed on the same statement and conducting business at the same location.

State law requires that within 30 days the registrant must publish a statement in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located.

Fictitious Business Names (FBN) Statement application forms are available on the website at www.lavote.net.  If you mail your FBN, please use the following address: Business Filing and Registration, P.O. Box 1208, Norwalk, CA 90651-1208.

Fictitious Business Name Search

Searching a fictitious business name may be done on the Internet at www.lavote.net or in person at the Norwalk office, Van Nuys or LAX branch offices or by mail addressed to the Norwalk office.  The fictitious business name records in Los Angeles County are maintained in alphabetical indexes by the name and year that the document was filed. Telephone requests for index searches are not accepted.

Searches can also be conducted by sending a written request to: Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Business Filing and Registration Section, Rm. 2001, 12400 Imperial Hwy., Norwalk, CA 90650.  Please include the name and address of the business.

The search fee is $5 per name.  There is no minimum.  The fee for certified copy, if needed, is $2.  A check or money order payable to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk must accompany the written request and should also include a stamped self-addressed return envelope.  The search fee is non-refundable.

Business License

Treasurer and Tax Collector
Rm. 109, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
225 N. Hill St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-2011
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri.
Website: http://ttc.lacounty.gov/Proptax/business_license.htm

Lancaster Office
335A East Ave. K-6, Lancaster 93535
Phone (661) 723-4492
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tues., Thurs. and Fri.

Valencia Office
23757 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355
Phone (661) 253-7342
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon. and Wed. (only public social services)

Certain businesses are required to obtain a license from the County of Los Angeles if they are conducted in an unincorporated area or in the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Diamond Bar, Malibu, Santa Clarita and Westlake Village.

Persons living in cities other than those listed above should contact their local city hall.

Activities requiring a business license are listed at http://ttc.lacounty.gov/Proptax/Business_License_list.htm

Business License Comm. & Charitable Orgs & Solicit

Rm. 374, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-7691
Fax:  (213) 633-5102
Email: blc@bos.lacounty.gov
Website: board.co.la.ca.us/blc/blc_home.htm

Holds hearings to grant, deny, modify, suspend, or revoke business licenses. Regulates and licenses taxicab operators and taxi drivers, adult entertainment, dances, bookstores, billiard parlors, restaurants, salvage yards, recyclers, bingo operators and managers,, exhibitions, carnivals, circuses, health spas, arcades, shooting ranges, private schools, etc. in the unincorporated areas of the County.  For business license information in cities, contact the local city hall.  The commission encourages the formation of new charities and issues charitable solicitation information cards to recognized charitable organizations.

Business, Office of Small

Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
1100 N. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles 90063
Phone (323) 881-3964
Fax: (323) 881-1871
Website: http://www.laosb.org

Serves as a clearinghouse of information for businesses. Links to the County’s centralized website which lists bids and contracting opportunities from all County departments; also “hotlinks” with purchasing websites of many public agencies in Southern California.

Cable Television

Chief Executive Office
Rm. 189, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-2323 

Monitors cable television companies operating in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.  Investigates subscriber complaints concerning quality of service and billing errors. Provides referrals to consumers living outside County’s service area.

CalFresh (Formerly Known as Food Stamps)

(See Public Social Services, Department of)

CalWORKs Business Services, Programs

(See Public Social Services, Department of)

Checks, Uncashed

Auditor-Controller, Department of
General Claims Section
Rm. 502, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone: (213) 974-7452
Website: http://cmsapp.co.la.ca.us/auditor/uncashed/uncashed_checks.html

Maintains a website listing of County checks which have been issued and mailed, but remain uncashed up to four years after issuance.  Individuals may search the database of checks one name at a time by conducting a check inquiry on this website, or may purchase a subscription to download the complete database of uncashed checks.